It would be hard to imagine two better-credentialled owners than Xavier Bizot (son of the late Christian Bizot of Bollinger fame) and wife Lucy Croser (daughter of Brian and Ann Croser). ‘Terre a terre' is a French expression meaning down to earth. The close-planted vineyard is on a limestone ridge, adjacent to Tapanappa's Whalebone Vineyard. The vineyard area has increased, leading to increased production (the plantings include cabernet sauvignon, sauvignon blanc, cabernet franc and shiraz). In 2015,Terre a Terre secured the fruit from one of the oldest vineyards in the Adelaide Hills, the Summertown Vineyard, which will see greater quantities of Daosa, and a Piccadilly Valley pinot noir. Wines are released under the Terre a Terre, Down to Earth, Sacrebleu and Daosa labels. Exports to the UK, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Terre à Terre (Down to Earth) is a 8-hectare single vineyard in Wrattonbully, planted on a very close-spacing of 4,444 vines per hectare (1.5m x 1.5m). The terroir of our single vineyard is ideal for growing Cabernet Sauvignon (3 hectares), Cabernet Franc (1 hectare) and Sauvignon Blanc (3 hectare). One hectare of Shiraz which was also planted using the latest clonal selection from Eden Valley. The vineyard is planted on devigorating rootstocks, with a low cordon very close to the ground (50cm). The wine is made under two different labels: the Terre a Terre label an the Down to Earth label.
Terre à Terre also operates the Daosa vineyard, a 6-hectare single vineyard in the Piccadilly Valley (Adelaide Hills) which was planted in 1996 with Chardonnay. It was one of the first vineyard in Australia using Chardonnay Dijon clones selected by Professeur Bernard. Part of the fruit is retained each year to produce a Blanc de Blancs, under the Daosa label.
Website for Daosa: www.daosa.com.au